OWM – hat

I know the theory behind One Word Monday is one word, but there is too much to say!

Panthera Hat

Just released, this is my test knit. Quick, easy to read/follow pattern. Nice chart. Bonus? She has a sale on it since it is a new release.

It would have gone faster, but travel/medical/travel made for slow knitting. And a little ripping, since I apparently can’t fly and keep my eyes on the right line.

In other news, our Sarah won the Stitched by JessaLu bag from the anniversary contest I was running last month. I’m telling you, those bags are amazing!

Halloween – So Cold! Edition

I know, you guys in other parts of the country will scoff at me, but Y’ALL! Below freezing overnights and 25 degrees below normal is crazy! This came in a month early for us. I want my 70’s!

I finally was able to get my US 6 dpns so I can finish off the sleeves. I have eleven billion US7 and US5, but couldn’t find the size I needed. One sleeve is ready for the new needles, but I have to finish the decreasing on the other. This also means that I have to get serious about button band color choice. I don’t want to do all that work and hate my decision.

Lots of changes coming around chez Dervish. I’m hopefully going back to school in December (please send good thoughts/juju/prayers/spells that the student loan goes through). I need this. I really need this. I would have liked to start in November, but start day was the same as hernia day.

Halloween just doesn’t feel like Halloween this year, so I’m doing nothing but staying warm tonight.

What are you doing?

Monday Sock – Socktober

When you plan on doing your blog post in bed and you fall asleep instead, Sunday Sock comes on a Monday.

I turned the heel! Not shown, knitting for 1.5 hours in the movie theater and then ripping it all out. We’re still not speaking.

I’ve spent the weekend working on the #notatrhinebeckkal – and maybe I snuck down to Homestead Heritage to pick up my towel and washcloths. I also finished the 2 hand towels to make a set.

The ladies joked that my favorite person wasn’t there, but she showed up later. I don’t have a “favorite”, but Sunshine is just that. A bit of sunshine. We had a really great conversation about life and direction and purpose. Momma Bear may have convinced me to come down for the yearly festival.

The sorghum harvest was a few weeks ago, so I made sure to get myself a little treat of sorghum pecan ice cream.

Happy Monday y’all!

Texas Adventures – Wichita Falls

So much fun! So cold! The first night anyway. It got down to 32 degrees. We purchased a sleeping bag that is rated to 10F and it worked fabulously!

I made the man make the fire and coffee that first morning – because I was busy staying warm in the sleeping bag. After warming up, I spent a few hours sitting by the lake “fishing”. By that I mean I had my pole out, but was really knitting and zoning out.

Morning two, (and my Saturday Sky) I made the fire and coffee. And did some more lake sitting. Just being out there alone for a few hours was amazing. We didn’t go out in the boat until Sunday, and that was fine. For such a popular fishing lake, there were no bites the whole 4 days. I think the cold front may have stunned the fish as much as it stunned us.

My stack of Stitched by JessaLu bags post washing. MAN! They all smelled like campfire! But the great thing is, they wash great and keep their shape. They kept me organized and kept everything inside smoke free.

And that brings me to my 15th Anniversary giveaway. I know there will be a Stitched by JessaLu bag and maybe something else depending upon the response.

  • Comment on a post get an entry
  • Make any donation to my Bike MS, get an entry. Any donation. Fifty cents? You’re in. $5? Yep!
  • Share any (or all) of the anniversary posts get an extra entry (just let me know where)

I even did an IG post about those fabulous bags that you can share for an entry.

Now, I’m off to pick up the fur balls and finish my 4th load of laundry. Socktoberfest update next week when I’m not busy being so chill that I forget I have a phone.

Happy Tuesday y’all! (and a belated Happy Thanksgiving Canadians!)

Weave-cation

A couple of times a year, I like to travel to Waco and visit Homestead Heritage. Sometimes I go for basket weaving with Martha, sometimes, just go to relax and get away, and I’ve taken all of their rigid heddle classes. I have plans for cheese making, blacksmithing, and pottery.

I could sit under this tree every day for the rest of my life. I sometimes wonder if my life was different if I wouldn’t join the community.

This trip, I went for the Weaving Extravaganza and I spent two days weaving a waffle weave towel set in natural cotton.

I loved it so much, I want to make a set with some of the other natural cotton colors. Maybe even one of each color. I was invited back when the ladies do their personal towels later in the year to do just that.

After less than 24 hours at home, I’m off for a camping trip with my husband and some friends in Wichita Falls. A crazy cold front came through and the low tonight is going to be 37. I’ve brought knitting.

Send firewood and booze.

Happy Friday y’all!

Blogaversary – 15 years

Well, that went fast and seems like forever ago. There hasn’t been a year that a haven’t blogged, but it has been sparse the past few. I don’t even know that woman that started blogging 15 years ago.

Cross stitch, knitting, spinning, weaving, life, happiness, sadness, just getting by. It’s almost all here. We aren’t talking about the past year yet, but I’m sure I will.

Today, I’ll be at Homestead Heritage weaving wash cloths and hand towels. I’m going to say to celebrate the blog, but honestly, I forgot until it popped up on my reminders last week. This is just a break for me from all the life stress. It is such a calming and joyful place.

I want to do a little give away to celebrate 15 years. I’ll do this post and 4 more. I know there will be a Stitched by JessaLu bag and maybe something else depending upon the response.

  • Comment on a post get an entry
  • Make any donation to my Bike MS, get an entry. Any donation. Fifty cents? You’re in. $5? Yep!
  • Share any (or all) of the anniversary posts get an extra entry (just let me know where)

So, happy 15 years to me and happy Tuesday y’all!

Sunday Sock – Socktoberfest 2019

Yeah, yeah. I’m posting. I’ve been inspired by Carol at Black Bunny Fibers. So, as my motivation, I’m using Socktoberfest. At least I should get a couple of posts out of it.

Speaking of Socktoberfest, anyone remember Lolly? Last thing I saw was her starting to do yoga. She really inspired my knitting choices for a while and I miss her voice.

Here are the socks currently on the needles:

Striped Socks on the left, inspired by the wonderful Manatee Mo. My Autumn Adventure Socks are on the right. They were cast on for a camping trip to Mineral Wells and worked on at the drag races, Mariposa Market, and walking the local parks.

Happy Sunday y’all!